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Five Poisoned Apples: Fairy Tale Contest

One thing that every writer must learn is that you cannot wait for inspiration to strike to sit down and write. If you do, you will never write. At least, you will never finish anything. Inspiration more often comes after you've had your butt in the chair for a good long while, wept a few tears, spilled… Continue reading Five Poisoned Apples: Fairy Tale Contest

Faith, Life Musings, Writing

In the Middle

Recently I was one of four seniors invited to share reflections on my time as an English major at Wheaton College with the students and faculty of the English Department. I thought I would share my reflections with you.  Stories are all about time. Time is the fabric of story, and stories are the shaping… Continue reading In the Middle

Book of the Month, Read-to-Write, Writing

Book of the Month: The Thief

The Thief By Megan Whalen Turner Greenwillow Books, 2005 Eugenides--Gen, for short--can steal anything. Or so he claims. But big boasts and an impressive resume of thievery are bound to catch the eye of important people. Before he knows it Gen faces a unique alternative. Either rot in a royal prison cell or go to… Continue reading Book of the Month: The Thief

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Book of the Month: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Tor Books, 2006 Can't wait to read this book? Amazon What happens when magic meets Jane Austen's polite drawing rooms and social commentary? Well, you end up with Susanna Clarke's magnificent novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It's  1806. Napoleon is tearing his way across the European continent… Continue reading Book of the Month: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

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Book of the Month: Peace Like A River

Peace Like A River by Leif Enger Grove Press, 2001 Can't wait to read this book? Amazon Reuben Land knows that each breath is a miracle. When he was born he almost didn't get to breath at all. Perhaps that is why he is able to recognize the miracles that seem to follow in his father's… Continue reading Book of the Month: Peace Like A River

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Book of the Month: Silence

Silence by Shusaku Endo Taplinger, 1980 Can't wait to read this book? Amazon Although this book is certainly not new--it was originally published in 1966--it is quite new to me. I had not heard of it until it appeared on a textbook list for one of my classes during the spring. I read it, I… Continue reading Book of the Month: Silence

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Book of the Month: Heartless

  Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl Bethany House Publishers, 2010 Can't wait to read this book? Amazon Discover more about this author and her work at her website: Anne Elisabeth Stengl It is with particular enthusiasm that I feature Heartless and all of the Tales of Goldstone Wood as the September Book of the Month. This fantasy… Continue reading Book of the Month: Heartless

Faith, Life Musings

Dear College Freshman: A Note from the Other Side

Dear College Freshman, It wasn't so long ago that I was in your shoes. Just three short years. I know that seems like a long time from where you're standing, but, trust me, it isn't. How well I remember the thoughts and feelings, the excitements and anxieties, the dreams and fears, that are rushing through… Continue reading Dear College Freshman: A Note from the Other Side

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Book of the Month: The Fishermen

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma Little, Brown, 2015 Can't wait to read this book?  Amazon Learn about the author at his website: Chigozie Obioma I first came across this novel back in mid-April when I attended the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. As a broke college student I made a pact with myself not… Continue reading Book of the Month: The Fishermen